Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, what are some things you've learned through your mistakes?
A: Do you mean just in the time it took to read your question or over the years? Some good ones are to never hit "Send" on an angry or smart-aleck email until you've walked away from it for awhile; treat everyone the way you want to be treated; unless you live by yourself, never drink something out of the fridge if you are not 100 percent sure you know what it is and when it was put there; and just about everything comes apart a whole lot easier than it goes back together, so take pictures.
— Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...